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If you are not already a fan of football, you will be after hearing about two former Dallas Cowboys teammates, Ron Springs and Everson Walls. Walls was battling kidney disease until earlier this year when Springs donated his kidney to his lifelong friend. They both shared an experience that they will never forget. In an effort to educate and enlighten others, Springs and Walls created the Gift for Life Foundation. The mission of this Foundation as stated on the website is “to promote awareness, early detection and prevention of kidney disease, diabetes, and other illness and complications directly related to these life-threatening conditions.”
There are over 72,000 people waiting to receive kidney transplants. It seems almost impossible to find an equal amount of donors. Now, there is a new process in place called Paired Donation. The Paired Donation Network assists patients in finding compatible donors. A couple (donor and recipient) is paired with another couple (donor and recipient) to exchange kidneys. This process may be the answer to the shortage of Kidney donors.